No Hiding Place: A Tamara Hayle Mystery
In just three Tamara Hayle mysteries, Valerie Wilson Wesley has created one of the most memorable private investigators to hit urban streets in years. As the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel has proclaimed, “Tamara continues to emerge as a strong, decisive woman.”
When the grieving mother of a slain hoodlum begs the Newark p.i. to look into the unsolved murder, Tamara initially refuses, but then discovers a connection between the victim and her late policeman brother. Her search for the truth takes Tamara from the grittiest sections of the city to its middle class neighborhoods where family secrets are preserved at any cost. However, as the case creeps into her personal life, Tamara learns that when it comes to murder–there is no hiding place.
This engaging treat for mystery fans, the fourth outing for black private eye Tamara Hayle, begins with Hayle getting mugged as she leaves her office one night. She has just $6.50, and her car is a rust-eaten Volkswagen. But the senselessness of the crime troubles her less than the fact that the teenager holding the gun seems familiar. Later, Tamara discovers why: he’s the son of Shawn Raymond, the man her police-officer brother mentored years ago. Now Shawn has been murdered and, unsure she is doing the right thing, Tamara tells Shawn’s mother she’ll try to find the killer. She has no choice: her brother committed suicide years ago, and she understands that it may have affected Shawn as much as it did her. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
Back in her low-rent Newark office after her foolish, melodramatic trip to Jamaica (Where Evil Sleeps, 1996), Tamara Hayle is looking for the killer of Shawn Raymond–a case the cops have had open for seven months on the grounds that Shawn was no great loss. And every indication is that the cops were right, since Gus Lennox, the retired cop whose daughter Gina was the mother of Shawn’s second and last child, is positively gleeful that his whole family–his wife and two brothers, Gina’s twin Lena–has alibis for the shooting of this ne’er-do-well interloper. Only the discovery of Gina’s body wipes the smiles off the Lennox family’s faces, and confirms Tamara’s unerring instinct for the wrong man. Behind the plodding Q-and-A and the pedestrian prose is a sharp, subtle portrait of two families whose tangled relationship packs a world of insight into a single painful case. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild alternate selection; author tour) — Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Editor-at-large of Essence magazine, Wesley tackles issues of race and class in this engrossing mystery, fourth in the Tamara Hayle series, involving the murdered son of a woman from Hayle’s past.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From The Denver Post
“A wonderfully belevable and independent sleuth who combines intellect and intuition, sexiness, and self-control, tenderness andtoughness.” — — Denver Post –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From The Washington Post
“Tamara’s sassy voice is so entertaining.” –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.